Can anybody point me to a disinterested, objective (but not unintelligibly scientific) web source on the properties of fabrics made with soy fiber blends? Have any of you tried either wearing or sewing with such blends? My son & DIL are greatly into sustainability, but I have not been happy with the bamboo knits that I have tried (flimsy & wrinkled like mad). Does soy behave the same way as bamboo?
Posted 2014-09-08 11:21 PM (#88577 - in reply to #88576) Subject: RE: soy fabrics?
Karen, have you found a particular kind of hemp fabric or hemp/whatever blend that is soft and not scratchy? The one hemp knit that I bought was a beautiful color (heathered green), and I loved its grainy, lineny appearance, but even my son found it too rough-textured to wear next the skin.
Posted 2014-09-09 8:25 PM (#88580 - in reply to #88575) Subject: Re: soy fabrics?
Location: Houston, TX
I just searched Google for 'soy fabric' and found some good info. Dharma trading has a soy/cotton blend fabric bty. Here's what good is saying:
Soy- good for you inside and out!
soy-bean-fabricWhat is Soy Fabric?
This eco friendly fabric is derived from food production waste as it is made from the hulls of soy beans. Sometimes called the “vegetable cashmere”, soy is soft, easy to care for and absorbs dyes quickly, requiring less dye-stuffs.
The use of soy textiles are good for our planet, because it is made from fibres that are spun from the ‘leftovers’ of the soy food industry. Because the plant itself is easily renewable and the fibre biodegrades more quickly than oil-based products like polyester, its use has minimal environmental impact. This fabric is so biodegradable that you could throw it on your compost pile when it wears out.
Feel of Fabric
Soy clothing is light and silky soft, with just a bit of stretch, to gently caress your body with its natural drape. It is called the vegetable “cashmere” because of its luxurious and soft texture, but you’ll likely agree it’s far better than cashmere because it’s so easy to care for.
Moisture AbsorbentThis eco friendly fabric has excellent absorption qualities which allow perspiration to evaporate. This makes it cool and comfortable during hot weather.
Do to its moisture management soy textiles are also anti bacterial.
This eco fabric will also protect you from the sun with its UV resistant qualities.
Not as strong as cotton or hemp
Caring for Soy Textiles
Soy is easy to care for. Machine wash in cold water on a gentle setting. You can skip the chlorine bleach, fabric softener (these fabrics are naturally soft) and the dryer. Lay flat to dry. Soy has a beautiful drape that does not need to be ironed. Use a low, no-steam setting if ironing is desired.